Sunday, November 4, 2012

New England Trip

The last of September and first week of October, we took a trip up through the New England states with some of my family.  The trip was for my mom - something she has always wanted to do.  We left Indiana and drove to New York to Niagara Falls.  I actually didn't take any pictures there because we have been there before and although it was still absolutely gorgeous, I didn't get my iPhone out in the rain!  :)  We left there and drove to Vermont.  Along the way, we stopped in Quechee Gorge, VT and it was so beautiful!
Then we drove to Grand Junction to take a train ride back up into the mountains!  It was fun but I am pretty sure my sister could have stayed behind.  Let's just say it was not the smoothest ride we have ever taken in our lives!
Saturday evening, we drove to Maine where we were going to spend several nights in a cottage that belonged to some friends!  It was such a blessing to be able to unload the vehicle and stay in one place for more than one night!  On Sunday afternoon, we took a drive up to Kennebunkport, Maine where yours truly spotted the summer home of the Bush family!  
Then on Monday, we drove to Boston, MA where we visited the Plymouth Plantation, an Indian village, toured the Mayflower II and then stopped at the Old North Church!  I am telling you - that church was awesome and I could have spent an entire day there!  

Tuesday, we went to an Outlet Mall that was close by.  What is a vacation without shopping??  The best deals of the day were found by my husband in the Haggar store!  For those of you who know his main profession, buying suits for the price we did was a huge blessing from the Lord!!
One morning, Dave and I got up early and walked the block and a half to the beach.  The sunrise was amazing and I snapped way too many pictures!  I thought my poor phone would never recover!!
We left Maine on Wednesday morning and drove down through the corner of Rhode Island and into Connecticut.  We ended up staying in CT and taking a train into New York City for the day Thursday.  It was one of the best decisions we made.  I can't say I was thrilled with the subway ride but, all day it was amazing the people that God put in our pathway!  I am sure that I will leave out some details but this next picture had to be one of my very favorite things we did!  The Statue of Liberty was still closed due to renovations but we took the ferry ride anyway.  It was such a beautiful sight to behold!  It reminded me of how blessed we really are!!
While in New York, we also visited the 9/11 Memorial.  I couldn't help it - I cried.  Remembering that day, remembering the 4 years my own son spent in the Marine Corp, remembering the men and women and children who died that day!  What a price for freedom!!
We were privileged to spend a little time in Bird-in-Hand, PA.  True Amish country let me tell you!  I didn't take a lot of pictures here - actually, I am pretty sure my mom has more on her camera than any of us!  But, we really enjoyed our time there as well!
On our way home, we stopped in Ohio to spend Sunday morning with my brother and his family.  On our way to church we drove past the church that I first remember going to the altar.  It has changed some since way back then and I think they have even built onto the original church building.  It was the second church my dad pastored and I believe we were there from the time I was 18 months old until I was about 6.  I can still see where I knelt and how I felt that day!  
This is only a small portion of the pictures I took on this trip.  Dave and I would love to make the trip again sometime!  But this time - it was all about this wonderful lady!